Our Leonbergers age quickly. They are considered “senior” at seven years of age. We strive to have them join the Gray Muzzles at twelve. Although some dogs develop medical conditions as they age, many show no sign of illness at all. Often age manifests with very little physical desires. They may get tired walking even short walks – and you should celebrate that walk the same way you did when he/she was a puppy.
Remember that you don’t need to provide stimulation at this senior stage of their life. What you want to provide is comfort. Give the dog a massage, help them when they need it, and be patient. Enjoy this time and celebrate their life!
This section will give you some ways to make the senior years wonderful for you and for your pet.